Stay at home orders could return for ALL of Victoria if coronavirus cases continue to rise

Stay at home orders could return for ALL of Victoria if coronavirus cases continue to rise

The entire state of Victoria could be forced back into lockdown if the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday morning the whole state could be shutdown if the localised lockdowns, which began at midnight, did not stop the spread of the virus. 'If we don't get control of this really quickly we will end up with… a whole state shutdown,' Mr Andrews said. Victoria has a population of 6.4 million, making it the second most populous state in Australia behind New South Wales. Mr Andrews is putting 36 Melbourne suburbs into lockdown from midnight tonight to combat the rising number of virus cases in the state. Victorians living within those areas will only be allowed out of their homes to work, attend school or for food shopping, giving care and daily exercise. Over the past three days alone, the state has identified 212 new cases of the deadly respiratory infection - including 73 on Wednesday. The warning by the Victorian premier comes as the NSW government announced on Wednesday morning it will ban people entering the state from the 36 Melbourne suburbs which have been locked down. Officials are threatening an $11,000 fine or six months in jail for those who do not comply. Mr Andrews said his public health advisors told him the lockdown move was necessary to stop 'shutting down all postcodes later'. 'This is not over. This is so wildly infectious that even minor breaches of the rules can lead to ...
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